- 4K quality video and pictures
- Alternative HD video and picture capture mode
- HDMI support
- 200 to 50-Pixels per square inch video and picture quality
- XLR Inputs available
- LCD touch screen
With the above set of features, you can easily come to a conclusion but please read on before doing so.
Released in 2014, the Panasonic HC-X1000 was eagerly described as being the first camcorder specifically designed for Ultra-HD image recording. The capabilities of the camcorder are true to its definition. At its price range, it was considered quite surprising that it met all professional needs all in a nifty package. The HC-X1000 records images at a stunning 50 to 60 frames per second(fps). This is done at an Ultra High Definition (also referred to as 4K resolution) with the option of normal HD at 720P or 1080P. This depends on your general image quality needs and the size of the file you would like to work with.
As an early supporter of the 4K video standard, this camcorder can support full HD at a screen resolution of 1080 by 1920. Just keep an eye on your storage as this can easily fill it up.
With regards to storage, the Panasonic HC-X1000 records images to a digital memory card. In fact, the camcorder supports dual memory cards to ensure that you can capture up to 3 hours of digital images using two 128GB SDXC memory cards. A standard 64GB SDXC memory card can store up to 43 minutes of digital images (depending on your image capture settings).
The total group of lenses supported out of the box by this camcorder stands at an impressive four. It comes pre-installed with the Leica Dicomar lens (that allows for 20X image zoom!) which sits comfortably with the back illuminated sensor (BSI) in the HC-X1000 camcorder. These features gives the Panasonic Camcorder two image stabilization settings that ensure easy recording in either UHD or HD quality.
In terms of audio support, the Panasonic HC-X1000 comes with tow XLR audio input slots. These come in quite handy if you have your own set of specialized microphones to enhance your audio capture. Don’t have your own microphone? Fear not, the HC-X1000 has a built-in microphone to ensure that you wil be ready to capture images with great audio quality as soon as possible.
Panasonic includes a proprietary technology known as the Crystal Engine Pro used to ensure that recorded images are rendered into 4K with ease. A 3-inch touch screen comes installed on the Camcorder to ensure that the various video capture and enhancement options are easily configured. A 0.45-inch Viewfinder is also included.
HDMI comes as a standard feature. This ensures that you can test the quality of the image captured on any available screen that supports HDMI.
Pros of Panasonic HC-X1000
- It’s light weight
Compared to other camcorders, the HC-X1000 is quite light increasing its portability.
- It has high resolution
Being the first camcorder to offer 4K support at its time of release, it has a high resolution. This places it above board when compared to other cameras available today.
Cons of Panasonic HC-X1000
- It is expensive
Though this camcorder is considered to be quite affordable, the price tag is still above most people’s budgets for a camcorder.
- It is still heavy
Yes, this camcorder is lighter than its competitors but it still remains heavy and you will need to use a tripod for continued use.
- Its battery is poor
Battery technology has lagged behind when compared to technology advances and this Panasonic Camcorder suffers the same fate of other devices similar to it. You’ll be better placed if you carry an extra power pack.
- Debatable Image Quality
This has been the opinion of a few users of the device who state that there are other camcorder options available with better image quality.
There has been a lot of praise and disappointments with regards to Panasonic’s HC-X1000. However, the combination of features, the price tag and general appeal of this camcorder makes it a winner in various aspects.